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MissDaisy1
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 9:43:58 PM

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Many county sheriffs are now charging prisoners a "fee" for staying at the jail. The fee is like a hotel charge. The fee in my county for 1 day is about $50.

Should the county sheriff charge fees (or be able to) for staying at the jail, like a hotel?
Guest
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 9:54:25 PM

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Yes, why?

Prisoners and ex prisoner's sometimes like to file civil claims against their host. Asshole attorneys that would like to make a quick buck for frivolous claims are sometimes detoured by the 50 bucks a day surcharge against their client, and in turn, against their 33.3% take on any judgement/settlement.

Read a little more. The fee does not accrue once you've been booked. The 50 bucks plays more as a lien against any future claims by the innocent criminal.

Buz
Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:22:31 PM

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This is an old practice that is now resurfacing. Charging prisoners for food & upkeep was very common in the 1800s and early 1900s in the USA. If one could not pay they often would give the prisoner so many lashes with a whip depending upon the amount owed. I doubt they will bring back the lashes with a whip, don't you?

Ruthie
Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:08:55 PM

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If you don't pay will they throw you out?
elitfromnorth
Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 7:03:34 AM

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Are we talking you have to pay 50 bucks a day after you've gotten your 10 year sentence or is this if they've thrown you in for the night because you're way too drunk and they're letting you sleep it off in a cell?

"It's at that point you realise Lady Luck is actually a hooker, and you're fresh out of cash."
LOVES4PLAY
Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 9:13:29 AM

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CoopsRuthie Asked "If you don't pay will they throw you out?"

Probably not , some knot head will decide that they owe, this & keep them locked up until the debt is paid.
Resulting in; loss of job , loss of income,entire family now on welfare.

LadyX
Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 11:17:54 AM

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LOVES4PLAY wrote:
CoopsRuthie Asked "If you don't pay will they throw you out?"

Probably not , some knot head will decide that they owe, this & keep them locked up until the debt is paid.
Resulting in; loss of job , loss of income,entire family now on welfare.



Sure, okay, but they were shamed and punished publicly. That's the most important thing here, that we cut off the nose, ears, lips, and eyes, so long as we successfully spite the face.
elitfromnorth
Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 12:07:57 PM

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I read that one county were only going to do this against people who had the funds to pay for their stay.

On one side it's not all that bad of an idea. Let the Lindsay Lohans and other rich people who can afford it pay for their prison sentence so that the tax payers don't have to pay for it. If it was for everyone then those without means would end up with lots of debt and all that follows. E.g. serving a five year sentence for something like burglary would end up costing you 91 K given that it's 50 bucks a day. Problem is that only the richest will hav ethe money for this, and sadly many of the rich don't get caught. Apart from the 10 day type prison sentences very few will afford to pay, simply because they won't have any form of income. They could take possession of the property, but what's the point of a 10 year prison sentence if they're gonna be homeless afterwards? Then you'll have repeat offenders because they can't get a job and have to do crimes to survive. To some degree it's counter productive.

Although my main question is if it's actually legal. It's a double punishment that is added outside of court. Just waiting for some filthy rich guy to bring this practice to court.

"It's at that point you realise Lady Luck is actually a hooker, and you're fresh out of cash."
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